Łódzka Organizacja Turystyczna

Museum of Independence Traditions (Radogoszcz)

On the night of 17-18 January 1945, just before the Red Army entered, the Germans set fire to the prison and placed a machine gun in front of the only exit from the building. More than 1,500 people died in the massacre.

Today, the Museum of Independence Traditions (Radogoszcz) dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Second World War and the people of Lodz has been established in the former post-factory buildings of the Abbey.The museum exhibition consists of three main parts: - a section designed to resemble a street in Lodz during the years of occupation - a section devoted to the history of the factory buildings before they became places of execution - a section showing the daily life of the prisoners.

The new exhibition is characterised by a bold and modern approach to this extremely difficult subject. In the first part of the exhibition you can see a life-size model of the Lilpop tram, a coffee table and display cases set up as shop windows from the time of the occupation. The collected objects show that Nazi ideology and symbolism tried to penetrate every element of life, whether it be plates, carafes or articles of clothing. The second part recalls the history of the Abbe factory buildings themselves. In the third room we see a reconstructed prison cell, bunks, a doctor's room and the silhouettes of the torturers. There is also a map showing where the prisoners came from and the opportunity to listen to their memories.